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U.K. offers to share Olympic experience with Taiwan

2012/05/10 19:39:05

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) London will share its experience of hosting the Olympic Games, so as to help Taipei host a successful international sporting event in 2017, said David Campbell, director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, on Thursday.

"Over the next few months, we will be sharing our experience of the London Games, so that we could work very closely with Taiwan in helping you have a very successful event in 2017," Campbell said on the sidelines of an exhibition in Taipei showcasing the 2012 London Olympics.

In November 2011, Taipei won the bid to host the 2017 Summer Universiade, an Olympic-like sports event for university athletes worldwide.

It will be the biggest international sports event ever staged in Taiwan and is expected to raise the country's international profile.

Campbell told CNA that the United Kingdom and Taiwan can work very closely on matters such as management transportation infrastructure for the games.

The railways of Taiwan and the U.K. share many challenges, while they both aim to provide safe, reliable, essential public transport in crowded islands, he said.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Candfield, director-general of the U.K. Railway Industry Association, echoed Campbell's remarks, saying there are many areas in which Britain can share its expertise with Taiwan.

The British government is taking several actions in preparation for for the Olympics, including encouraging local people to stay at home throughout the Olympics period and to give priority to public transport on the roads, he said.

"We hope it's going to be carried out successfully, and we'll be able to find out in two months' time," Candfield said.

Taiwan can certainly gain valuable experience from London for the Universiade, he added.

(By James Lee)